PICK AND MIX RESOURCES

Huw Edwards goes through some essentials with the pupils of The Grey Coat Hospital School in London

MASTERCLASSES

This page contains a collection of videos and guides from some of the BBC's top journalists, including the likes of Robert Peston, Huw Edwards and Rory Cellan-Jones.

As one of the largest media organisations on the planet, the BBC has plenty of journalistic expertise within its ranks. We've spoken to some of the BBC's top journalists to get their top tips for School Reporters following in their footsteps.

These resources can be dropped into any of your lesson plans to show how things are done in real life at the BBC.

Please be aware that our new video masterclasses are available to download for use in the classroom. Click here to download the video files.

This will help you to use the material in the classroom, even if you have an unreliable or slow internet connection.

By downloading the video before your lesson, you will be able to save it onto a computer, memory stick or other storage device for easy use.

We also have a special Teacher Essentials section which includes lots of extra information - including Practical Tips and Guides for some of the key skills of journalism - and you can also use our updated Lesson Plans if you prefer a more structured approach.

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RESOURCES

Video masterclasses

BBC journalists and reporters have to master a variety of skills, depending on the area of output they work on.

Whether its presenting a bulletin on camera, editing a website, commentating on a football match, finding stories in the first place or writing a script, there is plenty to learn.

These video masterclasses go behind the scenes with real-life journalists to see how they do their jobs and the key principles and values they have to stick to so why not have a look and see what you can learn from the BBC's journalists.

And with major events happening all the time, there are specific masterclasses on reporting these occasions and on covering sporting action which explain some of the skills needed in these particular areas.

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Top 10 tips

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With years of reporting experience under their belts, the likes of Robert Peston and Rory Cellan-Jones have established themselves as some of the best journalists in their field.

They put the key skills of journalism - like researching, interviewing, scriptwriting and presenting - into practice to produce the stories that millions of people watch, listen to and read across all the various BBC channels, stations and websites.

Their tips range from practical advice to suggestions about how to increase your subject knowledge.

So see what tips you can pick up from the pros - and how you can apply them to your journalism with School Report.

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VIDEOS AND TOP TIPS

Video: Event reporting masterclass (2 mins 30 secs video + 2-3 mins to recap/discuss)

BBC presenter Sophie Raworth gives her top tips for how to report on the big events that are going on all over the UK.

BBC presenter and newsreader Sophie Raworth has been lucky enough to report on some of the biggest national events, like the Royal Wedding, during her career as a broadcaster.

NOTE FOR TEACHERS

This video is available on a separate web page to make it easier to distribute in the classroom

And it is available to download for use in the classroom.

Sophie gives her top tips for covering big events.

You can recap the key points in the accompanying worksheet or read a transcript of the video:

PDF download Event reporting masterclass: key points [28.86]

PDF download Event reporting masterclass: transcript[25.37]

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Video: Finding news masterclass (3 mins video + 2-3 mins to recap/discuss)

BBC Radio 5 live journalist Karlene Pinnock gives her real-life tips for spotting great stories and identifying the people to talk to about them.

BBC Radio 5 live journalist Karlene Pinnock has to find stories and guests for her programmes every day at work.

With stints on programmes like Newsbeat also on her CV, Karlene is an expert when it comes to the business of finding news and coming up with fresh angles and ideas for existing stories.

NOTE FOR TEACHERS

This video is available on a separate web page to make it easier to distribute in the classroom

And it is available to download for use in the classroom.

Watch Karlene's video to learn her real-life tips for spotting great stories and identifying the best people to talk to about them.

You can recap the key points from the video using the accompanying worksheet or read a transcript of the video:

PDF download Key points: Finding news masterclass [31.93]

PDF download Transcript: Finding news masterclass[23.22]

NOTE FOR TEACHERS

This video contains references to using social media - aimed at pupils aged 13 and over - which you should check you are happy with before using in the classroom. For advice on using the internet safely, the BBC's online safety pages provide guidance and links to more advice

BBC journalists are increasingly using social media such as Twitter as a way of finding stories, information and ideas.

These sites can be fantastic sources of information but need to be used responsibly, especially by young people.

The BBC Webwise team have some great tips and information about how to use social media safely and responsibly, and simple guides to sites like Twitter.

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Video: Web masterclass (3 mins 30 secs video + 2-3 mins to recap/discuss)

BBC journalist Iain Mackenzie runs the technology section on the BBC News website. He explains the key elements of a good web story and how to engage your readers.

Senior broadcast journalist Iain Mackenzie is in charge of the BBC News Online technology index, and writes and edits stories for the website every day.

But writing for the web is not as simple as typing out a few sentences and then hitting publish.

NOTE FOR TEACHERS

This video is available on a separate web page to make it easier to distribute in the classroom

And it is available to download for use in the classroom.

If you want people to pay attention to your reports - and hopefully come back for more - then there are a few tricks of the trade to think about. Watch Iain explaining how to make the most of your stories on your special School Report website.

You can recap the key points from the video using the accompanying worksheet or read a transcript of the video:

PDF download Key points: website skills [34.27]

PDF download Transcript: website skills[26.44]

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Video: Scriptwriting masterclass (3 mins 30 secs video + 4-5 mins to recap/discuss)

PART A

BBC Breakfast reporter Tim Muffett explains the secrets of writing great scripts for TV and radio reports.

For BBC Breakfast reporter Tim Muffett, writing engaging and informative scripts is part of his job.

Watch his video in which he gives his hints and tips on scriptwriting for video or audio reports.

There is a real art to writing a good script and a lot of the time less is more: if you have great pictures, let them speak for themselves rather telling viewers what they can already see.

NOTE FOR TEACHERS

This video is available on a separate web page to make it easier to distribute in the classroom

And it is available to download for use in the classroom.

But things are obviously a bit different for radio - then you need to be a bit more descriptive.

You can recap the key points from the video using the accompanying worksheet or read a transcript of the video:

PDF download Key points: Scriptwriting masterclass[36.67]

PDF download Transcript: Scriptwriting masterclass[25.19]

PART B

BBC Breakfast reporter Tim Muffett puts his scriptwriting skills and all the tricks of the trade into action with his report on outdoor learning.

Tim's report went out on BBC Breakfast, and you can see how he put all his tips into practice to produce the finished article.

And the worksheet below contains the script that he used for his report.

Why not watch the report along with the script to see how it was all put together.

PDF download Worksheet: Tim Muffett's script[35.94]

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Video: Presenting masterclass (3 mins 30 secs video + 2-3 mins to recap/discuss)

PART A

Sam Naz is a regular presenter on BBC Three's news programme 60seconds, and she gives her top tips for learning the tricks of the trade.

Presenting is not as easy as just standing in front of a camera and reading an autocue!

To be a top presenter that viewers want to watch takes some work and preparation.

Practising your script so that you are familiar with any tricky names or difficult words will help you feel more confident.

And don't forget - everybody gets nervous and everybody makes mistakes from time to time, even experienced BBC presenters. Sam advises what to do if you do trip up on a tongue-twister!

NOTE FOR TEACHERS

This video is available on a separate web page to make it easier to distribute in the classroom

And it is also available to download for use in the classroom.

Sam Naz is a regular presenter on BBC Three's news programme 60seconds, and she gives her top tips for learning the tricks of the trade.

You can recap the key points from the video in the accompanying worksheet:

PDF download Key points: Presenting masterclass[32.28]

PDF download Transcript: Presenting masterclass[25.48]

PART B

BBC Three newsreader Sam Naz puts her top tips into practice as she presents 60seconds

And this short clip shows Sam putting her tips into practice as she presents 60seconds.

You can read the script for this episode of 60seconds in the below worksheet to get an insight into how much information Sam can cram into a short bulletin.

If you have time, why not try presenting the script yourselves to see how difficult it is.

PDF download Worksheet: Sam's 60seconds script[22.26]

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Video: Reporting sport masterclass (4 mins video + 2-3 mins to recap/discuss)

BBC presenter Sonali Shah gives her top tips for reporting on sport events and stories.

Sonali Shah has presented BBC coverage of big sporting events like the 2008 Olympic Games, the Cricket World Cup and Wimbledon.

So she has plenty of tips to help you bring your sports stories to life and keep your audience captivated.

Remember - just because you are a big Manchester United fan, for example, doesn't mean your audience are too!

NOTE FOR TEACHERS

This video is available on a separate web page to make it easier to distribute in the classroom

And it is available to download for use in the classroom.

They want to hear, see or read a balanced account of what happened, so make sure you leave your personal bias out of your reporting!

You can recap the key points from the video using the accompanying worksheet or read a transcript of the video:

PDF download Key points: Reporting sport masterclass [21.64]

PDF download Transcript: Reporting sport masterclass[23.94]

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Video: Royal reporting masterclass (3 mins video + 2-3 mins to recap/discuss)

The BBC's royal correspondent Peter Hunt's top tips on how to go about getting an interview with the Royal Family - and what to do if you land it.

Hardly a day goes by without something about the Royal Family being reported on somewhere in the media, especially after the birth of Prince George in 2013.

Being the BBC's royal correspondent allows Peter Hunt regular access to one of the highest profile families in the UK, as he follows their activities wherever they go.

Having a chat with Prince William about his beloved football club Aston Villa may sound great, but actually securing an interview with him isn't easy.

NOTE FOR TEACHERS

This video is also available on a separate web page to make it easier to distribute in the classroom

Here, Peter offers his top tips on how to report on a royal visit, and how to possibly get a face-to-face time with a member of the Royal Family - and what to expect if you are granted an audience.

You can recap the key points from the video using the accompanying worksheet:

PDF download Key points: Royal reporting masterclass[36KB]

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Video: Commentary masterclass (4 mins 30 secs video + 2-3 mins to recap/discuss)

Huw Edwards, who will commentate on the Royal Wedding in April,says thorough preparation is the key to covering big events.

Commentating on major news events like the Royal Wedding is a real skill and takes a lot of planning and preparation.

BBC newsreader Huw Edwards led the BBC's coverage of William and Kate's special day in April 2011.

But apart from the first few minutes of the programme, virtually none of the broadcast was scripted. So how did Huw keep his composure and stay on top of events?

NOTE FOR TEACHERS

This video is also available on a separate web page to make it easier to distribute in the classroom

He talked to School Reporters from The Grey Coat Hospital School in London about the most important aspects of commentating on events that millions of people are watching.

You can recap the key points from the video in the accompanying worksheet:

PDF download Key points: Commentary masterclass[28.13]

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Video: Interviewing masterclass (4 mins 5 secs video + 2-3 mins to recap/discuss)

Get top tips on how to get the most out of your interviews with this masterclass from Newsbeat reporter Natalie Jamieson.

Radio 1 Newsbeat reporter Natalie Jamieson explains how you can get the most out of your interviews and shares her top tips.

Interviewing is one of the key skills in journalism, giving reporters the chance to put the questions they want answered to the people at the centre of the story.

NOTE FOR TEACHERS

This video is available on a separate web page to make it easier to distribute in the classroom

And it is available to download for use in the classroom.

Talking to the members of JLS, she shows what makes a good interview... and what to avoid!

You can recap the key points from the video using the accompanying worksheet, or read a transcript of the video:

PDF download Key points: Interviewing masterclass [36KB]

PDF download Transcript: Interviewing masterclass[40KB]

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Video: Football commentary masterclass (4 mins 30 secs video + 2-3 mins to recap/discuss)

Football commentators usually have the best seat in the house for the game they are covering, but it's hard work to make it in the profession.

Telling the story of a match is not easy - you can never tell what might happen next, and you have to ready for anything. That's why doing your background research beforehand is so important.

NOTE FOR TEACHERS

This video is also available on a separate web page to make it easier to distribute in the classroom

BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce has covered five World Cup tournaments and numerous England games and FA Cup finals, as well as regularly appearing on Match of the Day and BBC Radio 5 live.

He passed on some of his top tips to School Reporters from JFS School in London, and gave them a chance to commentate on some of the key incidents from the 2006 World Cup final!

You can recap the main points from the video in the accompanying worksheet:

PDF download Key points: Football commentary masterclass[29.02]

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Top tips: Robert Peston on business reporting

The BBC's Business Editor Robert Peston Robert Peston has broken dozens of stories about the financial crisis

Business editor Robert Peston has established himself as one of the top journalists in his field, becoming a regular presence on the airwaves and TV screens during the global financial crisis.

Reporting on the world of business is a vital part of journalism, and an understanding of the financial world can also help inform all sorts of other stories from football club takeovers to the closure of your local library.

Here, he gives his top tips for making sense of the business world.

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Top tips: Rory Cellan-Jones on technology reporting

Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones is an expert in all things technological

Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones is the BBC's expert when it comes to reporting on the latest developments in mobile phones, games, computers, the internet and everything else that falls under the broad term of technology.

But reporting on technology presents challenges: you might be fascinated by the latest smartphone, but how you can make your audience interested?

How do you avoid getting sucked in to what manufacturers and PR companies want you to report on? And how do you avoid baffling your audience with technical jargon?

In this guide, Rory explains the most important things to bear in mind if you are reporting on technology.

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Top tips: David Shukman on environment stories

BBC science and environment correspondent David Shukman David Shukman travels far and wide to find stories

Environment correspondent David Shukman reports on issues which affect us all, from climate change to new farming techniques.

But as important as these stories are, they can sometimes be difficult for a general audience to understand. That's where the skill of the journalist in making a complicated story easier to follow really makes the difference.

Find out how to cut through the waffle and the spin to bring your stories to life.

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Top tips: Adam Fleming on political reporting

Adam Fleming Adam Fleming has gone from Newsround to reporting on elections

Political reporter Adam Fleming is on the scene in Westminster to report on all the latest news from the heart of government and politics.

But reporting on politics doesn't just mean what goes on in Downing Street, Westminster and Whitehall. A story about the impact of a closure of a local library or bus service is also a politics report.

Read Adam's top tips for making the most of your political stories.

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Top tips: Pallab Ghosh on science reporting

BBC Science Correspondent Pallab Ghosh Pallab Ghosh is passionate about the importance of science reporting

Science correspondent Pallab Ghosh covers topics such as genetically modified crops and has to be able to bring complex stories to life.

There are lots of different aspects to becoming a good science journalist - and it's not just about being a scientific expert! You need ordinary viewers to follow your story, not just the scientific community.

Read Pallab's suggestions for what to look out for when it comes to covering scientific stories.

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